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    Equinox and Equilux: finding balance

    Today is the Autumnal Equinox, exact this afternoon (Thursday 22nd, 16:21 in Brussels), at the moment the Sun enters tropical Libra. Technically, this Sunday the 25th – the day of our Open House! – is the day of Equilux, where we have the same amount of light as dark. Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were…

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    Turning the corner

    Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace. ~Bhagavad Gita, 12:12 Non-attachment is one of the principal teachings of all ancient wisdom traditions, and allows us to remain in the flow of life where the only constant is change. Called aparigraha in…

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    Guru Purnima – Honouring our teachers

    Today’s full moon is my favourite moon of the year, because it is Guru Purnima. Purnima means full moon in Sanskrit, and Guru means the remover (ru) of darkness (gu). This special full moon is also known as Buddha Purnima to Buddhists, and Vyasa Purnima in honour of Veda Vyasa, who was both the author and a character in the…

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    The Second International Yoga Conference in Delhi, India

    I was very pleased to have been able to be a Delegate for Belgium at the second International Yoga Conference in Delhi on 22 & 23 June 2016, along with my colleague, Bernadette Erpicum. Thirty five countries were represented, invited by AYUSH, the Indian Ministry for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. I enjoyed meeting nearly all national…

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    Prajnaparadha, Our Crimes Against Wisdom

    Prajnaparadha is a Sanskrit word literally meaning “crimes against wisdom” (!). It’s a central concept in Yoga and Ayurveda, because it’s understood that doing things we know we shouldn’t is the cause of most disease and other suffering. Certainly, much of the suffering I have encountered personally and professionally has been the result of not doing what I knew I…

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    Effort and Awakening

    Satchitananda “Knowledge of the truth of existence is bliss” Words can be so confusing. In our practice of postural yoga and meditation, terms from Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese or Japanese are often used because they describe more accurately than Western languages the deeper meaning of what one is trying to convey. One of these terms is Advaita. In a superficial translation,…

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    The real nature of karma

    With so much madness in our world it’s really hard to avoid being drawn into the negativity and dualistic thinking (good/bad, us/them…) that perpetuates it. We say we want peace but we attack others for their opinions, whether it be what food to eat (as in “go vegan to protect animals from violence, or else you’re a murderous, ignorant scumbag”)…

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    Redefining who we are

    Freshly back from a month in India and I must admit I’m reluctant to jump back into the noise of connectivity, but with a very potent solar eclipse happening overnight tonight (Tuesday), I couldn’t stay silent. If ever there was a time to focus on your spiritual journey, this is it! This is a South-Node eclipse, which means that there…

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    Be true to your Self

    For many years (decades!?) I struggled with the sharp contrast between how I wanted to live and how I actually lived, trying hard to do the things that people around me seemed to enjoy or find important, yet generally feeling inadequate, frustrated and pretty much out of the loop because I wasn’t interested in those things for the most part.…

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    Learning from Pain

    “Only this actual moment is life.” Thich Nhat Hanh I have been in relatively intense pain for most of the past two months. It started out as the dull, nagging pain that briefly rears its head a few times a year, the mild twinge of an injury caused by a misguided and over-zealous therapeutic “adjustment” which tore my sacroiliac joint…